The shoes I’ve gotten the most mileage out of since purchasing them are definitely my Common Project Achilles sneakers. I’m really picky about sneakers as I want them to be sleek enough to be styled in a variety of ways without adding much “bulk” to an outfit and these fit the bill perfectly.
Common Projects Review
I was drawn to this style after seeing a friend wear them on repeat. I loved that they weren’t too sporty and weren’t too casual. They were elevated and stylish and just super, super sleek. They also aren’t overly branded. (You’ll notice I’m not one for logo-mania personally!)
I truly can’t believe how much I have worn these shoes. The sneakers did take a bit of breaking in but once I did so they’ve been a dream ever since. I wear them almost always when I am traveling due to their comfort and my favorite part is that the style allows them to be worn with everything from jeans and shorts to dresses and midi skirts.
They are so versatile that I reach for them over and over again. Practical yet luxurious.
I want to acknowledge that I know these sneakers are really expensive. More than most would ever spend on a pair of shoes so I have included some look alikes below that are more affordable options with similar aesthetics. But, since I’ve gotten many questions about the sneakers since owning them (whether they’re worth it, favorite ways to style them, whether they were comfortable, etc.) – I thought this post was worth sharing.
As for sizing, it is a bit interesting. I have them in a size 36 even though I almost always a size 37 in European shoes so be sure to read up on guidance for sizing before purchasing if you think you may make the splurge.
I’m a big believer in investing in nicer shoes so that they hold up and so that they are comfortable to get a lot of wear in – Common Projects have absolutely been worth it for me. I’ve owned them for four years and worn them multiple times every single week since I first bought them.
I’ve bought a second pair as I ran through my initial pair after three years of constant wear. They are a total wardrobes staple and it is easy to see why they are often sold out. The white color does not go on sale so it is worth snapping up a pair if you find them in stock in your size!
They are available at the following retailers:
Even more ways I’ve styled them:
If you love the look of the sneakers but want a more affordable pair, the best options I found are below.
How do you clean them?
Great question! I use Magic Eraser – does the trick perfectly: https://amzn.to/2PEoH4q
I’m a sneakers gal through and through (there’s just really no other shoe that is comfortable enough for walking around NYC) and I love my stan smiths. i’ve been eyeing those veja ones you featured, too! even though I don’t own the common projects sneaks you have, I love seeing the different ways you style them, which inspires me to try my sneakers with new looks, too!
So glad you found the post inspiring for your own sneaks!!
So much fashion inspiration! Thank you!! I love all the different ways you styled your sneaks!
Aw thank you! So glad you liked the various styling!
You HAVE to add the adidas Sleek to your roundup – crazy similar silhouette and under $100. Full disclaimer, I work for adidas, but I have been wearing my Sleeks with dresses and with denim, the profile is just perfect & super versatile. (I don’t have any random benefit from telling you this either, just wanted to spread the love!)
Ooo I just looked them up and they’re great! A bit more sporty than I usually go for but so glad you made me aware of the style as the price point is indeed great! Thank you, Kate!!
What socks do you wear with these (if any)? I am on my second pair of supergas and still have not found the perfect sneaker sock!
Great question! I wear either these Jcrew ones: https://rstyle.me/+XJb2X6hki8sw5y091TrLsA and or these H&M ones: https://rstyle.me/+UJ-8e_ido7LKmkaDZixmtg
I LOVE my CP’s. I have the rose’ coloured ones. The light pink.
I will even wear mine with a suit, they are so simple and cute.
Other obsession if you want a new pair of sneaks are Tretorns!
Oh I love that you have the pink ones – how chic!!
I just got a pair of the lace ups from Rothy’s in bright white, not leather or leather-like of course, but they are very comfy so far and I hope they will be easy to clean because you can throw them in the washing machine!
Oh yay I’m glad to hear this!! Thanks for sharing!
How are these for traveling? Going to Italy for 2 weeks next month and anticipating a lot of walking. Will breaking them in a month before help or should these not be my main shoe for a vacation with a lot of walking?
I bring them on every trip I take because they are my go-tos for walking! Definitely break them in first!